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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FOR more than 30 years Cirencester has had a ‘well being’ centre for people suffering with mental health issues, firstly under the umbrella of GAMH and since 2002 The Independent Trust.

£12k for appeal

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:08pm Thursday 17th July 2014

CIRENCESTER Christian Aid Group is pleased to confirm that this year’s house-to-house annual appeal, held in May, raised £11,567.

Parking fee fight

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WE WELCOME your report that the Con/LibDem councils have dropped their attempt to introduce parking charges to the streets of Cirencester. For once, they seem to have taken notice of the hundreds of people who signed UKIP’s petition against their proposal.

Escape the EU

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:01pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE European arrest warrant. What does it mean?

Name abusers

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:58pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I BELIEVE we are on the verge of a Savile-like scandal sweeping through Parliament. Why was it covered up for so long? Has Parliament been harbouring paedophiles?

Lovely surprise

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:56pm Thursday 17th July 2014

I WOULD like to thank all my friends and family for the lovely surprise that you all gave me on Sunday, July 6, at Cirencester Football Club.

Treasure chests of bargains

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:43pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I am writing to you and your readers to remind everyone in the local area to donate any unwanted household items to British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical stores in the South West.

Leave our verges alone

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

ON THURSDAY last week I travelled to Malvern and had the opportunity whilst in the usual traffic queue to admire the wild flowers growing on the verges on the approach to the Air Balloon pub, near Birdlip. I was excited to observe a sizeable number of pink orchids among the grasses and other flora and thought at the time what a useful support to bio-diversity such wild areas afforded.

Address social housing issues

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014

IT WAS good to read in the Standard (July 3) of Cllr Tony Walsh’s proposal to provide a reservoir of information for people and how they can get social housing.

Take part in a PHD study

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:25pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I AM Adeola Alo, a researcher at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester supervised by Doctors Richard Baines, Nicola Cannon and John Conway.

Better out of the EU

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:21pm Thursday 10th July 2014

FROM the start of July both Switzerland and Iceland have signed Trade agreements with China, the world’s most vibrant economy.

Thank you from Corinium

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:18pm Thursday 10th July 2014

CORINIUM Talking News, the local charity for visually impaired people, would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising collection held in Cirencester Market Place on Saturday, July 5. The magnificent sum of £213.30 was raised on the day.

Inaction over potholes

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

1:08pm Thursday 10th July 2014

SINCE the beginning of the year I have been left bitterly disappointed with the rising number of potholes appearing on our roads. Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) recently announced the seamless transition of highway maintenance contractors. Unfortunately, the grim truth of the matter is that this has yet to materialise.

Midwife praise

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:28pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THIS is to thank Cirencester Hospital and its marvellous midwives. Our daughter has just become the proud mother of a baby girl called Zea.

Charity support

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:26pm Thursday 10th July 2014

ON BEHALF of Doorway, the Wiltshire charity, I would like to thank everyone in Malmesbury who supported our street collection and cake stall on Friday, June 20.

Clear the river

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:23pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I NOTICE that the section of the river Churn between Thomas Street and the Texaco Garage on Abbey Way is now almost stagnant.

Housing help

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:20pm Thursday 10th July 2014

I READ the piece in the Standard (July 3) about the deputy mayor of Tetbury, Dr Tony Walsh, proposing that Tetbury Town Council should do something regarding helping the people of Tetbury to get on the “social housing” ladder.

Vital service

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:15pm Thursday 10th July 2014

FURTHER to the recent coverage relating to Cirencester Signpost, I would like to provide the public with crucial information that was not reported. Firstly the comments of Cllr Mrs Rickman, lead member for finance, were not set in context in that Cirencester Town Council approved a grant of £368 as a contribution towards a summer trip for children and their families.

Deserving need

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014

SO, COUNCILLOR Roly Hughes, is wondering whether Cirencester Signpost – a volunteer run Christian charity, should be given any more money as he thinks it is being abused by the less needy (Standard article, June 26).

Satisfying spirits

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:03am Friday 4th July 2014

FOLLOWING last week’s article (Standard, June 26) about the split in the town council over funding for a local charity, I am writing to express my support for the work of Signpost in Cirencester. I was struck by the response of Graham Harris that the issue of whether people are scrounging was a matter of faith, not judgement.

A terrible irony

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:01am Friday 4th July 2014

CAMBRIDGE University published a report this week entitled The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land by Andrew Montague-Fuller, Programme Manager at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). It highlighted the worrying fact that “Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030”.

Pot kettle black

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:59am Friday 4th July 2014

AS A regular Soroptimist volunteer to the Signpost hot meal served in Cirencester’s Methodist Church I was greatly saddened by the report from our council in the Standard.

Missing agenda

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:55am Friday 4th July 2014

ON FRIDAY, June 20, the only timetable outside the parish church stated the times of buses running from June 23. However, the 59 bus ran according to the previous timetable. Buses on Saturday, June 21, also ran according to the previous timetable.

Charity chances

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:52am Friday 4th July 2014

I AM writing to make your readers aware that Bob and Penny Warren, from the Trout Inn, Lechlade, organise many events, some for charity but all free, for the local community to come and enjoy.

Re-enactors interacting

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:44pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ON BEHALF of the Malmesbury Living History Group, I should like to thank the people of Malmesbury for the wonderful way they welcomed the re-enactors from Colonel Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foote and the Marquess of Winchester Regiment to the town for our Living History Re-enactment weekend.

Ramadan fasting advice

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:42pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AS RAMADAN approaches, your Muslims readers who have diabetes may be thinking about whether or not they should fast.

When will we be heard?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:40pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THANK you for publishing last week the corrected version of the Cotswold District Council Local Plan Consultation arrangements. However this does raise the question of what the CDC has done about public responses to previous “consultations”, and what it will do about the current “consultation”. In the Wilts and Glos Standard of May 1 the CDC Leader Lyndon Stowe said “What is important is that CDC has a process in place that listens to our communities and builds a comprehensive Local Plan around these views. We need to take our time and get it right.” So when will CDC start listening to the Cirencester community ?

Help us help refugees

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:38pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I SHOULD like to bring your readers’ attention to the fact that June 16-22 is Refugee Week and June 26 is Stop Torture Day.

Be aware of this trade deal

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:33pm Thursday 26th June 2014

MANY people are involved in local campaigns to protect the National Health Service, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty. However, largely unknown to the general public, the EU is negotiating a trade deal with the US which would affect all of these issues and many more. If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is agreed, it will give big business the right to sue the UK government over legislation that they believe might reduce their profits.

Commuting is now a joy

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:30pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THIS morning, just after 8.07am, the 51 bus that takes us workers from Cirencester to Cheltenham was a real treat. With air conditioning, free wi-fi and a 2014 registered double decker what more could commuters wish for?

Top surgery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:24pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I READ with incredulity the front page article in the Standard of June 12 regarding Larry Smith. My husband and I moved to Lechlade four years ago and registered with Lechlade Medical Centre. It is the best medical practice we have ever come across and we are the envy of friends and family for the wonderful service we receive.

Use the library

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:23pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE Community News for Chedworth (Standard, June 12) notes that ‘The mobile library makes a rare visit to the village hall car park’.

Laurie Lee

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:21pm Thursday 26th June 2014

WE ARE entering a period when there will be many events associated with the centenary of the First World War. Much is also being made of the anniversary of Dylan Thomas who was born on October 26, 1914; however, here in the Cotswolds we also have much to celebrate as one of the truest of the sons of the Cotswolds, Laurie Lee, was born on June 26, 1914.

A thank-you

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:19pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ON MONDAY, May 26, at the Tetbury Woolsack Races we held a tombola stall in aid of Cobalt at Cheltenham.

Bus service cuts

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

2:17pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I WRITE in astonishment after reading the lead article ‘Bus cuts causing ‘a panic’’ (Standard, June 5).

Under the old oak tree

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:51am Monday 23rd June 2014

I CAN hear the buzzing of the bees, The tweeting of the birds, whilst I stand under the old oak tree, I sense the old oak tree talking to me, About the winters it has seen, About the summer heat it has shaded the creatures from, The red robin perching upon the branch of the old oak tree, How I believe the old oak tree likes the company, Of the robin nesting in his large branches.

MP’s UKIP slur

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:46am Monday 23rd June 2014

IT WAS no surprise to me that our member of parliament has joined the ranks of those who choose to insult members of UKIP.

Merger fears

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:44am Monday 23rd June 2014

THIS paper recently headlined a report Radical councils shake-up (Standard, May 29). It referred to plans being considered by Cotswold District Council and three other nearby councils to merge services to save money with the proposals to be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on June 5.

Not the ticket!

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

10:40am Monday 23rd June 2014

I UNDERSTAND Stagecoach’s need to make a profit; I am puzzled by the way they plan to do it.

Website woes

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:39am Friday 13th June 2014

I DO love the response to things that I ask — visit our website. The ultimate communication solution.

Why pay £115?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:38am Friday 13th June 2014

FOR the past five years, I have helped to organise the Fairford & Lechlade Food & Drink Festivals and, every year, we have had problems with vehicles left in the Market Places despite having a legal Temporary Road Closure Order (TRO) in place.

No apathy fears

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:35am Friday 13th June 2014

I WRITE in response to AE Hoult’s letter, English apathy, (Standard, June 5) in which disgust is expressed at low voter turnout. The figure quoted is 37 per cent, which would make it just one percentage point lower than the highest ever overall turnout at an election for the European Parliament in this country, in 2004.

Public vote call

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:30am Friday 13th June 2014

YOU reported on June 5 that residents of Chesterton feel short-changed by the cursory “consultation” held by Cotswold District Council into the proposed Chesterton housing development.

Thank you all

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

11:25am Friday 13th June 2014

WE WOULD like to thank everyone for their help on Woolsack Day which raised nearly £250 for Tetbury Hospital Trust, particularly Eric and Liz Vines, Ivor Moore and Angela Sparrowhawk and Nurden’s Garden Centre, plus those who freely donated or purchased. The response simply shows what a great community we live in.

Editorial comment - With great power comes great responsibility

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Editorial comment - With great power comes great responsibility

9:29am Monday 9th June 2014

WITH great power comes great responsibility someone once said.

I agree that Cirencester March Hare Festival does not convey plight of our hares

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A bronze hare in front of the original hare mosaic at the Corinium Museum

12:49pm Friday 6th June 2014

I REPLY to Rodney Hale’s letter ‘Hares at risk’ (Standard, May 29) as one interested in the Cirencester March Hare Festival I agree with Mr Hale this event does not convey how I feel about the plight of our hares.

Plans to merge services in four district councils is startling

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:47pm Friday 6th June 2014

WE ALL want our money to be spent wisely, but the plan to merge service capability in four district councils, forming a long discontinuous sausage across two counties from near Banbury to the Welsh border, is startling and it will take much convincing that this “coalition of the willing” will be able to deliver services efficiently across such a curious span.

Voting turn out of only 37% is pathetic

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:44pm Friday 6th June 2014

I WOULD like to place on record the collective disgust of Royal British Legion members at the apathetic behaviour of the English voters.

Molly Scott Cato: I am honoured to have been elected as first Green MEP for South West

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:41pm Friday 6th June 2014

Ready to serve I AM thrilled and honoured to have been elected as the first Green MEP from the South West. Together we made history last week and I hope I will be able to deserve your respect as your representative, whether you voted for me or not.

Superb show by Cirencester Operatic Society

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Take up the issue

12:38pm Friday 6th June 2014

I WOULD like to congratulate Cirencester Operatic Society on their latest production namely A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.






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